First time in 70 years that dengue fever is transmitted locally in Japan

For the first time in 70 years health authorities have identified 3 cases of dengue fever that were acquired from locally infected mosquitoes in Saitama Prefecture in northern Tokyo. None of the cases reported any travelling outside the country. Mosquito control measures are underway in the park where the patients are thought to have been infected.

Although dengue fever is a major health problem in southeast Asia, the risk of exposure to dengue fever virus in this particular location and city is very low. Nevertheless, Travellers may wish to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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